The collection of MARTINE books by Marcel Marlier and Gilbert Delahaye was my favourite reading when I was a little girl.
Nude Female Anatomical Figure, artist unknown, from Arzneibuch, 1524–c. 1550
03 FEBRUARY, 2012
by Maria Popova
From ancient etchings to electron microscopes, or what aspirin has to do with visualizing consciousness.
Since time immemorial, humanity has been turning its gaze outward, ordering the heavens, and inward, mapping the mind, in an effort to better understand who we are and where we belong. The human body itself has always been a fascinating frontier of inquiry as we’ve bridged art and science to visualize the living fabric of our shared existence. The Art of Medicine: Over 2,000 Years of Images and Imagination offers a remarkable and unprecedented visual journey into our collective corporal curiosity with a breathtaking selection of rare paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, artifacts, manuscripts, manuals and digital art culled from London’s formidable Wellcome Collection. Contextualized by medical historian Julie Anderson and science writers Emm Barnes and Emma Shackleton, these magnificent ephemera span cultures and eras as diverse as Ancient Persia and Renaissance Europe to paint a powerful, visceral portrait of our civilization’s evolving ideas about health, illness, medicine.